If you’re looking for an elegant experience with your kids in New York City, add the Eloise Tea at the Plaza Hotel to your “Must Do” list.
It’s pure luxury, super yummy, and “rawther” fancy as Eloise would say. I took my kids as a special treat so we could all experience this much talked about NYC activity as none of us have ever dined or had tea at the Plaza Hotel before.
We had the most amazing time. I have a zillion photos as the kids are so adorable and the Palm Court Eloise Tea was so special that I just couldn’t resist taking pics of everything! I wanted to savor it all and capture the memories.
Kenzie at age 6 was beyond delighted and impressed with the fanciness of it all – not to mention the Eloise element in that Kenzie got to hang out in the famed “Plaza Hotel.” And my adorable sweet 4 year old boy was thrilled to be included in this “girly” activity – he did fabulous at our 2:00 Tea and devoured and sampled almost everything on his very large tea tray.
So what’s the “Eloise” Tea all about?
The big thing is truly a chance to hang out at the Plaza Hotel in the Palm Court Restaurant for Tea.
It’s grand and beautiful. Think enormous crystal chandeliers, tiled ceilings, Palm trees, and a stain glassed ceiling too!
The Eloise Tea is essentially a special menu geared towards children with everything that Eloise would adore eating. The Eloise Tea is priced at $30 too which is quite affordable when you consider you are at the luxurious Plaza Hotel in New York City.
The food is divine and the portions are VERY generous. Each of my children received their own Tea Tray with 3 tiers of plates full of food. Scones, Desserts, and Tea Sandwiches. Tea is served starting at 2:00 in the afternoon – reservations are recommended so definitely make one in advance of your visit. (Note: The afternoon tea service is available from 2:00-5:00)
Here’s a photo of the Eloise Tea Menu – everything on the menu is served. Sweet!
We all devoured the COLD COLD Pink Lemonade. It was refreshing, sweet, and so delicious!
I ordered the “Chocolate Tea” priced at $60 – essentially ALL sweets. It was incredible and totally scrumptious. The kids also helped me out as they were anxious to experiment and test out the “Chocolate” Fondue by dipping in all sorts of cakes and fruits into the heavenly chocolate sauce.
At the end of your meal, definitely chat with your waiter or waitress about sending Eloise a postcard. If you fill out a special card for Eloise, she will write back. We did it and will be anxiously awaiting a note from Eloise in the coming weeks!
And if you have leftovers, don’t be afraid to ask to have them wrapped up. Our waitress offered that service to us – I don’t know if I would have asked since the restaurant was so very fancy. We took home a whole box of goodies we didn’t finish – Yum!
Before or after your Tea, you must also visit Eloise’s Shops downstairs at the Plaza Hotel. Tons of Eloise themed souvenirs are available for purchase and there is also a special reading room and dress up play area for the kids to explore. We spent a bunch of time hanging out in Eloise’s shops both before and after our Tea. The kids loved it! This is a destination and event in itself – and also a must do!
Be sure to check out my photos with more details on Eloise’s Shop at the Plaza Hotel in my post coming very soon!
Here’s some more fun photos below and even a little video clip here too:
Disclosure: Thanks to the Plaza for serving us complimentary Eloise Tea to facilitate our feature. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.